Philadelphia – With just three games into the 2012 season, the Drexel women's lacrosse team falls to Hofstra, 15-9, in an early conference match-up held at Vidas Field on Thursday night. The Pride held a slim 27-24 advantage in shots, but their 10 second-half goals was enough to secure the win. Drexel's Alyse Maiden tied her season-high with four goals and six total points. Drexel dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Hofstra's Jill Maier won the opening draw control and powered down the field. She scored an unassisted goal with just under a minute into the first half. The Pride went on a four-goal rally, but Drexel's Kristin Kopenhaver won the next draw control and looked to score the Dragon's first goal, but hit the post. Alyse Maiden finished the play with an unassisted goal. With 15:21 remaining in the first, Maiden followed with a free position goal to bring the game to two, 4-2.
Following a Hofstra clear, Brittain Altomare scored from teammate Maryann Miller's pass. Drexel continued to pressure on the Pride. With four seconds left in the first half, junior midfielder Kelli Joran scored off of a pass from Charlotte Wood. The visiting Pride led by two, 5-3, at half.
Maiden opened up the second half with her second free position goal to bring the game within one, 5-4. Hofstra's had back-to-back goals to extend the lead to three. Charlotte Wood received a pass from Maiden for a quick goal, 7-5. The Dragons were unable to pull ahead despite putting six points on the board in the second half. Hofstra's three-goal spurt in the final five minutes of play helped the Pride edge Drexel, 15-9.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea made a pair of saves in the opening 27:17 of the game. Freshman Teresha Bradley set a new season-high with four saves. Bradley now has 10 saves on the season. Hofstra's Jaclyn Pandolf made seven saves for the win.
The Drexel women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m. against Colgate. This marks the first away game of the 2012 season.